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Visit Europe's only Toy Soldier Factory & gift shop in the beautiful village of Kilnamartyra, 4 miles west of Macroom. Well signposted on the N22 road. Open 7 days a week 10am-5pm.

Visitors can tour the factory and see the production and chat to staff. Watch as a Tin figurine is Cast and painted. Experience the smell of rubber when moulds are being vulcanized.

The factory produces Lord of the Rings miniatures since 1988 and have the world's largest collection of all the characters from the Tolkien books like Gandalf, Aragorn, Bilbo, Galadriel, plus 700 other figures.

The highlight of the visit is taking part in a work shop to cast and paint a figure. You can choose from soldiers, monsters, elves, leprechauns, footballers etc.

How does it work–

It's simple! Choose your mould, pour in the metal wait 2 minutes for it to harden, pop to the creative corner and start painting.

No experience is needed. Recommend age is 7- 99 years. Under - 6 can do a Paint Only workshop. Save 10% by booking online.

There's a gift store on site where you can browse hand painted figurines, mighty dragons to tiniest leprechauns to the famous Michael Collins and other Irish heroes, fairies and historical chess sets etc. Fall in love with the hobby and take a starter kit home and start casting you very own army, fairy garden or fantasy land.

Transport can be arranged on requested from Macroom town.

Contact us on

We are 40min drive from Cork City (Click on "How to find us on our website - above)


Visit the World's largest model battle scene "The Battle of Waterloo

A visit to our jaw-dropping Exhibit of the famous Battle of Waterloo at Toy Soldier Factory Visitor Centre is a must. It depicts the historic and monumental battle of Waterloo 1815. Learn how the Irish Commander Duke of Wellington recruited over 30000 Irish men to the British army and how these courageous men fought off the French troops under Napoleon Bonaparte. The huge Diorama, totalling 26 x 13 feet (8x4 Metres) in size, houses 15,000 hand cast and painted model figures. All figures are from the Prince August range of products and are available in our shop. "Making history fun

New for 2020: watch an introduction to the battle on our giant video screen.

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